Thomas de Rossy (bishop of the Isles)

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Thomas de Rossy
Bishop of Mann and the Isles
Church Roman Catholic Church
See Diocese of Mann and the Isles
In office 13311348
Predecessor Bernard
Successor William Russell
Consecration June 7 x June 10, 1331
Personal details
Born unknown
Died September 20, 1348
Previous post Canon of Dunkeld

Thomas de Rossy (died 1348) was a fourteenth-century Scottish prelate. He appears in the historical record for the first time in 1331, when Pope John XXII provided him to succeed Bernard as Bishop of the Isles. [1] At this stage, the papal sources name him as a canon of Dunkeld Cathedral. [2]

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Probably while at the papal curia, he was consecrated at some point between June 7 and June 10, 1331. [3] The Chronicles of Mann states that Thomas de Rossy "was the first to exact from the churches of Mann twenty shillings for visitation dues", and that "he was also the first who exacted from the parochial rectors the tithes received by them from strangers engaged in the herring fishery". [4] His surname is known from a papal record dating to 1346, a record concerning the future of a benefice Thomas held before he was promoted to episcopal status. [5]

Chronicles of Mann

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According to the Chronicle, after an episcopate of eighteen years, he died on September 20, 1348, and was buried at Scone. [6]

Scone, Scotland village in Perth and Kinross, Scotland

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  1. Watt & Murray, Fasti Ecclesiae, p. 262.
  2. Dowden, Bishops, p. 282; Watt & Murray, Fasti Ecclesiae, p. 262.
  3. Watt & Murray, Fasti Ecclesiae, p. 262.
  4. Munch & Goss, Chronica regum Manniae, vol. i ; see also Dowden, Bishops, p. 282.
  5. Watt & Murray, Fasti Ecclesiae, p. 262.
  6. Dowden, Bishops, p. 282; Munch & Goss, Chronica regum Manniae, vol. i ; Watt & Murray, Fasti Ecclesiae, p. 262.

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Preceded by
Bishop of the Isles
Succeeded by
William Russell